Kauai’s ‘resort bubbles’

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Going on a vacation of any kind during the pandemic is a complex proposition, but for many, the prospect of a Hawaii vacation is worth the hassle. To make travel easier for tourists, the island of Kauai has started a pre- and post-travel testing program for out-of-state visitors staying in its “resort bubbles.”

While other Hawaiian islands allow travelers to bypass the two-week quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test, Kauai is opting out of that testing program and putting forth its own procedures. Out-of-state visitors staying in approved resorts will be able to take a post-travel test three days after arrival and will be released from quarantine once they get a negative result. If they stay in a non-approved accommodation, they won’t be allowed to leave their rooms at all and must undergo a full 10-day quarantine.

“Resort bubble” hotels include the Cliffs at Princeville, Hilton Garden Inn Kaua‘i Wailua Bay, Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poʻipū, The Club at Kukui‘ula, Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences at Hōkūala, and Kauaʻi Marriott.

Those traveling from other islands to Kauai will be able to avoid quarantine by creating a Safe Travels account, completing a health form, taking a pre-travel COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Hawaii, and uploading their negative result to their Safe Travels account. More information is available online.